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    ICANN Will Grow 10 Times Larger
    by Anonymous on Wednesday March 30 2005, @04:02PM (#14743)
    ICANN plans to grow 10 times larger.

    The fees will have to go up and likely
    by more than 10 times because other places
    in the world are more costly.

    Also, there are going to be many new projects
    for the growing ICANN Staff. Think of the FCC
    as a model to follow. As one project, the ICANN
    Staff will now have to investigate how certain
    cronies of Jon Postel have been able to gain
    control of dozens of TLDs, especially TLDs for
    countries. The ICANN Staff will have to remove
    that control and deliver those TLDs to the
    countries. That will be expensive.

    The ICANN Staff is also now charged with
    investigating all of the ICANN Directors.
    People seem not to notice that the ICANN
    Directors were claiming to use ICANN to
    control the price of stock .COM companies.
    ICANN Staff will now become the SEC of the
    Internet. The ICANN Directors will have to
    open all of their personal financial records
    to the ICANN Staff for a look see.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    The Community Will Provide Registrars Welfare
    by Anonymous on Wednesday March 30 2005, @06:23PM (#14745)
    You are not looking at the up-side. If you
    fail as a Registrar, you then get to work directly for
    ICANN and bank a small $250,000 per year
    stipend plus unlimited travel. Can you survive
    on that ?

    You really do not understand how the Ira
    Magaziners and the Hillary Clintons of the
    world think. You have to learn how to live
    off all of the people who work about half
    the year to support you.

    Jet on down to South America for the next
    ICANN love-fest. ICANN will pay your way.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    As a Franchisee Contact the U.S. FTC
    by Anonymous on Wednesday March 30 2005, @06:50PM (#14747)
    As an ICANN Registrar, you effectively purchased
    what the U.S. Federal Trade Commission terms
    a Franchise. It meets all of their tests.
    ICANN attempts to use the accreditation loop-hole
    and hides behind their non-profit status.

    As a Franchisor, ICANN should have supplied you
    will all sorts of documents, pro-forma, etc.
    You likely received nothing and just sent checks.

    ICANN is of course Joe Sim's private gold-mine.
    He has ties to the U.S. DOJ and the U.S. DOC
    helped to architect the artificial Registrar
    Registry structure. Because of that, ICANN is
    immune from all U.S. laws. Check out the ICANN
    CEO, he launders his compensation to his
    off-shore company started with Ira Magaziner
    from the Clinton Administration.

    You are out of luck as a sucker taken in by
    the ICANN game. The insiders are laughing all
    the way to the bank and their next ICANN party.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Users left out
    by KarlAuerbach on Wednesday March 30 2005, @07:13PM (#14749)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    From the point of view of the domain name consumer, the fact that the choice to impose this fee was made with the participation of all the registrars is rather irrelevant.

    From the point of view of the consumer, ICANN is an industry gathering, in which all of providers of domain name products gather and agree among themselves - whether some disagreed is not really important - to set product specifications, terms of sale, and base pricing.

    That's not a lot different than all of Mr. Rockefeller's oil refiners gathering together and setting standards for oil products, setting the sales terms, and setting prices.

    Both are, from the point of view of the domain name consumer, an evil thing.

    To my mind both are combinations in restraint of trade. Whether the ICANN one is illegal is, to my mind, an open question.

    But there is no doubt, that the collusion that ICANN facilitates between domain name providers has cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars in artifically inflated domain name fees.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    "the ICANN process" or Endoctrination ?
    by Anonymous on Wednesday March 30 2005, @07:46PM (#14751)
    Hello All,

    Paul Twomey has invited new participants in the ICANN process to a light
    lunch on Sunday 3 April 12:30pm to 1:30pm at the Sheraton Mar Del Plata
    hotel.

    The ICANN Board and ICANN staff will be attending.

    Regards,
    Bruce Tonkin

    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    It is Comforting to Know Bill Gates Can Now Choose
    by Anonymous on Thursday March 31 2005, @05:18AM (#14758)
    It is comforting to know that after all of the
    time and energy wasted on the ISOC and ICANN
    processes, Bill Gates can choose whatever TLDs
    he wants and hard-code them into Windows and
    the ICANN game is over.

    Even though 99% of the people in the world are
    locked in the ICANN concentration camps, there
    is still hope when people know that at least
    one person still has freedom to make a difference.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    "Forgiveness"
    by mikel5 on Thursday March 31 2005, @05:43AM (#14760)
    User #4023 Info
    Thankfully for us, a small Registrar that does NOT participate in the deleted names market, ICANN "forgives" two-thirds of the Per-Registar Variable fee. It is obvious that ICANN saw a large segment of the industry making substantial margins in the repurchase of deleted domain names and decided that they needed to get their piece of the pie.

    I am astounded by the growth in ICANN fees over the years. In the past 12 months, ICANN's "taxes" on Registrars have gone up 300%. They are adding huge "taxes" on new sTLD contracts and trying to negotiate additional per-domain fees at the Registry level into the new .NET contract. It is clear that Registries are going to pass these fees on the the Registrars who, to survive, are going to have to find additional sources of revenue and/or raise fees to consumers. Even GoDaddy is already passing the 25 cent transaction fee on to the consumer as a separate line item above their advertised purchase price.
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